POD Point is planning to launch the first pay-as-you-go (PAYG) electric vehicle charging system, bringing the UK one step closer to a nationwide electric vehicle charging system.
Free to join and with no monthly fees, the PAYG network, nicknamed PP PAYG, is designed for the demographic of drivers who would make use of public charge points but do not want to pay a monthly membership fee.
The PP PAYG system is based on Transport for London’s Oyster smart card model. In this case, though, drivers will have the option to use SMS text messages rather than smart cards to fill up their account or unlock charging posts.
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Erik Fairbairn, the POD Point chief executive, is quoted as saying there is a strong case to be made for creating a nationwide PAYG recharging network.
“Most electric or hybrid vehicle owners use public charge points occasionally, in areas they don’t visit every day – yet existing charging schemes are either regional, or charge a high monthly fee regardless of use.”
“The PP PAYG network will deliver a nationwide charging network that makes economic sense for electric and hybrid vehicle owners to join – and charge point owners will benefit from increased use of their charging facilities,” Fairbairn added.
The network launched on September 3rd, with 200 charging bays already on the POD Point Open Network. From 2013 onward, all new POD Point charge points that are installed will automatically be on the network, bringing the total number to more than 4,000 by 2014.
Source: Business Green
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